Saturday, January 30

Absolutely nothing to do with an Earthquake

Sadly, the Rescue Center existed before the Earthquake. Sadly, thousands of kids died every year from malnutrition in Haiti. Sadly, it will only get worse.

These are two perfect examples of the two forms of malnutrition we see.

This is Darlens. His aunt brought him here because both parents were killed in the Earthquake. He is probably 2-3 years old, has a full set of teeth, is 78 cm tall and weighs 12 pounds. He is suffering from Marasmus.

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This is Rose Geurline. She is 6 years old and weighed 33 pounds when she came in. Today she has lost quite a bit of water weight. Her body is extremely swollen and is rotting from the inside out. She is suffering from Kwashiorkor.

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These two are poster children for malnutrition. I snagged this excerpt from an article on eMedicine. It does a really great job explaining the difference in the two.

Marasmus is one of the 3 forms of serious protein-energy malnutrition (PEM). The other 2 forms are kwashiorkor (KW) and marasmic KW. These forms of serious PEM represent a group of pathologic conditions associated with a nutritional and energy deficit occurring mainly in young children from developing countries at the time of weaning. Marasmus is a condition primarily caused by a deficiency in calories and energy, whereas kwashiorkor indicates an associated protein deficiency, resulting in an edematous appearance. Marasmic kwashiorkor indicates that, in practice, separating these entities conclusively is difficult; this term indicates a condition that has features of both.

These conditions are frequently associated with infections, mainly GI. The reasons for a progression of nutritional deficit into marasmus rather than kwashiorkor are unclear and cannot be solely explained by the composition of the deficient diet (ie, a diet deficient in energy for marasmus and a diet deficient in protein for kwashiorkor). The study of these phenomena is considerably limited by the lack of an appropriate animal model. Unfortunately, many authors combine these entities into one, thus precluding a better understanding of the differences between these clinical conditions.

These sweet kiddos are in extremely critical condition. Pray for a miracle.

Like I said, absolutely nothing to do with an Earthquake.

Friday, January 29

the Palace

This is where Anna and I are sleeping. Everyone keeps teasing us and saying that we are Bourgeois.

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It's pretty silly that just Anna and I are sleeping here, but we are hanging on to this tent in case we need it for patients. Meanwhile, we are enjoying the Palace. I mean it has two rooms, come on.

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In other news, you prayed and God brought the goods. And I mean goods. Morphine, Valium, and Ketamine. Yipppeeee!

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We did not receive any patients today due to some transfer issues from the ship. However, the day has not been boring. You can read Licia's blog for more details.

Off to mix up another bag of morphine. Buenos Noches.

Thursday, January 28

I am here. And in many ways it seems that life is carrying on as usual. And in so many ways, I feel the weight of all that these people have dealt with in the last 2.5 weeks.

The flight went very well and we had no problems at the airport. It was incredible to see everything that I have been looking at on the other side of a tv screen. So many different people have come together to help here. I saw the University of Miami hospital, tons of US military and many of the media tents. Driving through town was hard, as so many familiar places don't look the same anymore. One of the oddest things is seeing so many white people. (Is it weird that that is weird? That I could not be used to white people? Ok back on track...) But at the same time, the Haitians are back on the street selling goods and looking for work. Sweet children wave to you as you drive by. And the water, oh the blue water looks so tranquil.

Things in Cazale seem relatively normal, aside from the tents set up everywhere. No one is sleeping in their homes out of fear they might collapse. There are around 55 children still in the Rescue Center, but only a couple are in really bad shape. They are staying outside in the yard and will hopefully be moving to another house in the village soon. The normal clinic days are still happening but numbers are down to about 200-250 patients per day.

Currently, we are receiving patients who have been treated on the U.S. Comfort ship and need some follow-up care and/or Hospice/Comfort care. When I got here this afternoon we had two patients. One is a young girl in her 20's with a open book fractured pelvis (picture a pelvis and cut it down the middle vertically). She also had a dislocated ankle and is a Type 1 diabetic. Any movement is excrutiatingly painful and she already has a bad decubitus ulcer from laying in the bed. She is on a morphine drip and will not survive. Her mother and a couple other family members are here keeping vigil, holding fast to their bibles and praying for God's mercy. Oh, and we only have 30 mg of morphine left so you can pray about that.

The other is an elderly man who was found wandering around town and severely dehydrated. Nothing else is known about him. He went into acture renal failure and also tested positive for TB. He came here in a coma and died tonight around 6 pm.

Lori is leaving tomorrow morning to go into Port and help out at the clinic at Heartline (the fantastic people whose plane I caught a ride on today!) until Monday. We will receive two more patients, a 3 year old burn patient with a father, and a woman diagnosed with a terminal ovarian cancer. I will take care of the patients with Licia and Anna's help.

Oh and Anna and I have the sweetest tent to sleep in. Photos coming soon...

Love y'all and ask that you continue to pray for us!!!!!

Wednesday, January 27

God comes through. Always.

By nothing outside of His grace, and your prayers, I am on a flight tomorrow morning from Ft. Lauderdale to Port Au Prince.

I bought insane amounts of tents, tarps, flashlights, meds and food at Wal-Mart, threw my stuff in bags and will be on my way to Ft. Lauderdale via Charlotte tonight.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your encouragement and prayers and ask that you would continue to pray over the coming days. Please check back for updates because of course, the camera has made it in the luggage :)

Follow my tweets for current updates.

Bon voyage, for real.

Tuesday, January 26

Headed to Haiti

Sorry for the last minute news, but things have been very up in the air. Getting on a flight is the final obstacle I am facing, and would ask that you join me in praying for a big miracle on this one. I need to get there ASAP and help with a very exciting thing that is going to happen in Cazale as a part of major relief efforts. If you have any connection to a flight in the next few days please, please let me know.

I am going to be purchasing lots of things to take with me including medication, food, tents, tarps etc. If you would like to help with these needs you can direct support to my parents at

17214 Silverthorne Lane
Spring, Texas 77379

I love you all and would really love your prayers for this time. Pray for safety, and endurance and that I would be able to bring some relief to my friends who have been in over their heads since the earthquake hit two weeks ago. Can you believe it has been two weeks? I heard today that a man was pulled out of the rubble alive. Alive. After 14 days. Incredible!!!!!!!

I will have internet access while I am there so here on the blog, or on twitter will be the best ways to stay in touch.

Bon voyage.

Monday, January 25

How else can I help Real Hope for Haiti?

I copied this directly from Licia's blog

We have a friend that is collecting donated good for us at a warehouse. These items are to be shipped to Haiti. If you have items you can ship them to:

Debbie Woodward
1500 Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Current needs list

infant formula
powdered milk
ensure milk
other staples
canned meat
canned vegetables
canned beans
canned tomato products
juice mixes
triple antibiotic oint
hydrocortizone cream
anti-fungal cream
oral hypoglycemics – metformin, glyburide
seizure meds – pheno
kerlex, cling
IV fluids
casting materials
cast saw
surgical blades
sutures – all kinds
hygiene items
laundry soap
copy paper
bug spray
garden seeds – corn, beans (lima, black, etc), watermelon, tomato, eggplant
garden tools – hoe, machete, pick-ax, sickle (digo)
rechargeable lanterns
cooking pots
nails – 3″, 4″, tin
boards – 2×4, 1×4
electric wire
water pump – 4″
ambulance-like truck

If you would like Debbie’s phone number please email me or if you have any question please let me know. We know some of these needs are big but we want you to know what we are looking for. Thanks so much for all you help.

Sunday, January 24

Hannah's prayer

I have read this passage over the last two days and several things have stuck with me. I think if you'll read it, you'll see why it is has been so good for me.

This is from the first two chapters of 1 Samuel. Hannah was the wife of Elkanah, and for many years she was unable to have children. She (frankly) poured out her heart to God through inconsolable tears, begging God for a son.

"Oh, God of the Angel Armies,
If you'll take a good, hard look at my pain,
If you'll quit neglecting me and go into action for me
By giving me a son,
I'll give him completely, unreservedly to you.
I'll set him apart for a life of holy discipline."

Before that year was over, she gave birth to a son. This was her response...

"I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He's dedicated to God for life" Then and there they worshipped God.

Hannah prayed: I'm bursting with God-news! I'm walking on air.
I'm laughing at my rivals. I'm dancing my salvation.
Nothing and no one is holy likeGod,
no rock mountain like our God.
Don't dare talk pretentiously—
not a word of boasting, ever!
For God knows what's going on.
He takes the measure of everything that happens.
The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces,
while the weak are infused with fresh strength.
The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts,
while the hungry are getting second helpings.
The barren woman has a houseful of children,
while the mother of many is bereft.
God brings death and God brings life,
brings down to the grave and raises up.
God brings poverty and God brings wealth;
he lowers, he also lifts up.
He puts poor people on their feet again;
he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope,
Restoring dignity and respect to their lives—
a place in the sun!
For the very structures of earth are God's;
he has laid out his operations on a firm foundation.
He protectively cares for his faithful friends, step by step,
but leaves the wicked to stumble in the dark.
No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle!
God's enemies will be blasted out of the sky,
crashed in a heap and burned.
God will set things right all over the earth."

This child was Samuel, whose name means "God has heard". He would go on to be a great leader of ancient Israel and one of the major prophets to prophesy the coming of Christ.

The One who would set things right all over the earth.

Tonight, I am rejoicing over the sweet boy pictured in the post below who was prayed over for many years and is finally here. And still in the midst of continued tragedy in Haiti, holding on to all of the promises the one day, all will be set right.

Friday, January 22

It's all over

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There are no words to describe what it has been like to watch God work miracles in the midst of this tragedy. This child, this precious son of Aaron and Jamie is on a plane to Orlando as we speak. They will sweep him up in their arms tonight, and tell him once and for all that he is home. He will never not be home again.

It has been a joy to walk with this family over the last year through life, and share our love for Haiti. I have loved Amos and Story so much, but it is nothing compared to how madly in love Aaron and Jamie are with them. And it has not been easy. To love their children from afar for more than two years has been excruciatingly painful at times. Yet God has sustained them.

And tonight, it's all over.

Monday, January 18

Surreal. But real.

I had the most surreal conversation with my friend Lori via facebook chat tonight. She is one of two of the most amazing sisters I know. Today she spent the day in PAP with the group at Heartline working in a clinic. In the year that I have known her, I have loved working with her and hearing her incredible stories of things she has seen and done over her time in Haiti. It seems like I have heard it all. Until today. Here are (edited) snippets of our conversation as she describes the patients she saw today.


Lori "one boy - bones femur, other leg rotting, huge lacertaion to ear/face, other cuts

R O T T I N G L E G!!!!!

totally dead, black tissue and the fam won't agree to amputate

104 temp, going to die,

mom and 4 sibs dead

calling for mom as I'm suturing him up

Lori: another baby found and brought in my a good samaritain, can't care 4 kids, wife preg, can't take on responsible of another, what to do??

Lori: another guy arm ripping off at elbow, had turniquet on for too long and needs further amp, totally bleeding to death, not enough docs, no materials to amp.

some of these are from the drive way clinic

Lori: another lady muscle in arm ripping off when they pulled her out, broke 2 finger, open bone, I fixed and sutures, 3 sisters not to be found

it goes on and on

Lori: had a lady drink battery acid aroun 4 AM to kill herself

too many problems,

tried to NG and pull it out

lavage type of thing

she started puking blood and I told them to go to hospitla

gave Charcoal pills but dont thingk that would help

continued vomitng

put out by gate to get truck to rent

crowd gathered, talking, crying, freadkingout

I wanted her inside becaseu it was upseting her to hear all this and upsetting them to see her puking

put back inside gate

I put her back in

it wasn't bright red grosss amt of blood

darker, 3 x vomit, total of 500cc maybe

they gave her milk and something to vomit

i dind't hear how she is

me: did she still want to die at that point?

Lori : yes

we prayed for her and with her

it's all i could do

God has made this woman for this. She said "I am tired, but I am not stressed." How blessed are the many Haitians whose lives have been changed by her hands. Pray for continued endurance for she and Licia. They continue to face what seems like unbearable things with each new day, but yet they hope. Continue to cover them with your prayers, and read their blogs to hear about specific needs as they come up.

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this is Licia hiking a mountain, while chatting on the cell phone. No big deal.

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I love you two dearly and thank you for teaching me what true sacrifice is.

Sunday, January 17


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In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

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Praying for my friends who are sleeping on the other side of this wall tonight.

Thursday, January 14

Such a time as this.

"Did the last 48 hours really happen?"

That was my first thought when I woke up this morning. The time has blurred together and I am beyond thinking straight. I can't get away from the news/twitter/facebook in hopes of hearing any good news from Haiti. But my heart continues to break with each story. And it's only a fraction of what my Haitian friends are feeling.

I am incredibly thankful for the response of my friends in family and even strangers who have offered their support, encouragement and love in this time. In the midst of trying to process all that is happening, Caroline Fontenot and I know one thing for sure and that is that we can do more. And so can you. We are the church for such a time as this.

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Read the original post about Gift Haiti here.

We updated with freshly processed photos from my recent trip to Haiti from which I returned on Sunday, 3 days before the earthquake.

Since I can't go right now, I can give, and so can you. Gift Haiti is simple. Buy a photo, and we'll give 100% of the profits to Real Hope for Haiti. We raised the prices a little bit per print just because the cost of supplies in Haiti now are continuing to go up.

My favorite thing about these photos is that a week ago I took them. These faces are sleeping in tents right now and these bellies are running out of food and formula. Just last week, the girl pictured above (Ostelinda) was running around the Rescue Center and fell and cut her head. She was running because she has won the battle against malnutrition and is now healthy. Now this precious child faces and even bigger tragedy. Who knows where her parents are, the rest of her family, and what the future holds? We can help that future. This is not just an ambiguous donation. These are the faces of the people that you'll be helping. You'll feed them. You'll clothe them. And you'll have a photo of them to remind you to pray for them.

Behind every face in these photos is a story just like hers. Let's help write them a better story.

Please email us,, if you have any questions about ordering prints. SPREAD THE WORD! Your coworkers, your family, your friends. We're the hands and feet.

Wednesday, January 13

Earthquake update

By now you have heard of the devastating tragedy that struck the already disaster stricken country of Haiti just over 24 hours ago. I am in shock. Overwhelmed with emotion. Thankful for my safety. Questioning why God spared me by just a couple days. Fighting the urge to jump on the first flight down. And heartbroken for the people of Haiti.

Four days ago I stood with my toes in this sand having no idea what the days ahead would bring.

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As I drove through Port-Au-Prince on Saturday with my mom who has fresh Haiti eyes, we commented that the city looked like some kind of disaster had hit and the city never recovered. That was Saturday. Today, I can't begin to wrap my mind about what has happened to the people of Haiti. I don't understand not being able to reach my family. I don't understand sleeping in the streets next to dead bodies. I don't understand mass hysteria. I don't understand.

I have had some contact with Lori & Licia at Real Hope for Haiti and everyone is safe. However, because Cazale is only 21.5 miles from the epicenter of the quake the village is staring this tragedy right in the eyes. The mission sustained structural damage and everyone is sleeping outside for fear of further damage. They are overwhelmed with an influx of injured patients who cannot get care in town. The kids are managing to go with the flow and everyone is pitching in to do what they can. You can read
Licia's blog and Lori's blog for more updates and pictures of what they are facing.

Tara and Troy Livesay, whose ministry is in the heart of Port-Au-Prince, have also reported that they are safe but are knee deep in the immediate search and rescue process. Follow their
blog and Troy's tweets for more info.

So what can we do?

First, you can
PRAY. Get on your knees tonight with your roommates, your children, your spouses, pray in your car, your office tomorrow morning. I love this quote

Prayers are powerful and effective not because they alter God's providential plan but because they are a part of it.

It is ordained that you and I would plead for God's mercy and provision for the people of Haiti.

Secondly, you can
GIVE. Here are links to many organizations who I trust will use your money well in the relief effort.

Real Hope for Haiti. the biggest needs now are funds to purchase food and supplies and prices have already doubled in the last 36 hours. there are 75 children sleeping under a tarp tonight who need to eat 3 meals a day. Click here and scroll to the bottom and click on the yellow button that says donate or you can mail a check to: RHFH – PO BOX 23 – Elwood, IN 46036.

Red Cross An easy way is to text "Haiti" to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross. It will be on your next phone bill.

Compassion International. For a $35 donation you can help a family receive every sort of disaster relief they might need in this first critical week. Click here OR you can text "disaster" to 90999 to give $10 to Compassion's disaster relief program.

Lastly, you can purchase these shirts which are not only super awesome by themselves, but 100% of the profit will go to support Real Hope for Haiti.
Click here to buy them!

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I was reminded today of this Haitian proverb "Rocks in the river don't know the pain of the rocks in the sun." May we be as gracious as Jesus calls us to be.

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Though it feels like they cannot take on more thing, ask anyone who has spent time in Haiti and they will say of the people that their resiliency is astounding. God is going to use this and He is going to get the glory.

You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted, you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. Ps. 10:17-18

Tuesday, January 5


I haven't blogged much this trip. In part, because I really want to soak up my short time here and partly because I don't want to write about some of the things that have happened over the last few days. Today, I can muster up the energy to post these happy pictures.

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This is Ronel, Marie Lange and Wideline. They are siblings and this picture was taken the day they were all admitted to the RC.

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This picture was taken yesterday. Oh, the miracle of Medika Mamba! I am going to help their parents start a business and will sponsor their family monthly. I can't wait to see them grow!!!!

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Lori loves her new headlamp and goggles and reeeeallly loves when I take pictures of her.

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This sweet Dad came to visit his baby who is in the RC right now. He even brought him a sucker. (you probably know how I feel about a baby having a sucker, but it was the thought that counts, right?)

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I love this picture of a lady in the market.

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Haitian sno cones

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Really excited about the rest of the week!